Many of us genealogists focus on rediscovering how our ancestors left their homelands decades or centuries ago. But immigration is not an experience confined to the past.
This week we’re kicking off a project to collect stories by recent immigrants and their children. From these stories we can infer the emotions and transitions our ancestors went through.
If you are first generation in your country, there’s no more important story you can record for your family to help them appreciate their identity and opportunities. And we’d encourage you to share your story publicly on Treelines to enrich all of our understanding about what it means to be an immigrant — just select the “First Generation Stories” project when you publish your story.
Here’s the story of Lev, who was 11 when his family left the Soviet Union without a clear next direction.